JuD is a terrorist outfit, declares UNSC

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 13 2008, 04:21am hrs
Acceding to Indias demand, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has declared the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawah a terrorist outfit and branded four of its top leaders, including founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and suspected Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, as terrorists.

Saeed and Lakhvi, along with Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Mohmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq were declared terrorists by the UNSC on Wednesday night. The last, an India born Saudi, collected funds for the JuD, according to a UNSC note. India had moved the Security Council two days back, seeking a ban on these people after charging them with masterminding the Mumbai terror attacks.

According to the UNSC, Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee, frontal organisations of the banned Al Rashid and Al Akhtar trusts, which raised funds for LeT, have also been included in the terror list. With the action by the UNSC, the responsibility is now on Islamabad to take immediate action against those included banned by the international community.

UN officials here in New Delhi told FE that the sanctions come into effect immediately. Pakistan is expected to take action against them immediately, which includes freezing of their assets and a ban on their foreign travel and arms embargo. Besides Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq are subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo, set out in Security Council resolution 1822 of 2008, said the sanctions committee.

In the three previous attempts to include the Jamaat-ud-Dawah in the list, China had opposed the request. However, given the concrete supportive documents provided by India and the US about the groups role in the Mumbai terror attacks, China did not oppose the ban.

Soon thereafter, the Pakistani Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the Security Council that his country would take action against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, including freezing its assets if it was designated a terrorist organisation.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was one of two senior LeT leaders, Pakistan prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday they were arrested in connection with the Mumbai attacks. Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, the other detainee, were allegedly key planners of the attack in which 173 people were killed.

These actions will limit the ability of known terrorists to travel, acquire weapons, plan, carry out, or raise funds for new terrorist attacks, said UN officials.